It doesn’t matter how good the initial construction of a piece of pavement may have been done, eventually all paving is going to start to break down and show some signs of aging. Cracks will start to appear, sections may sink down slightly, or your pavement may just start looking unsightly with stains and damage.
It may seem to a lot of people that your only real viable option is going to be completely replacing your existing pavement. But we’re here to tell you that in a lot of cases, you can remedy these issues and save yourself some money with an asphalt overlay.
What is an Asphalt Overlay?
An asphalt overlay is a layer of asphalt, generally ranging from 1.5-2.5 inches thick, that is laid right over your existing pavement. Before we do any new paving though, we go over all of your pavement and fill/repair all potholes and fix any other damages. If we find any real severe damage, we generally just remove that area and apply a new patch to be safe.
Any low spots will be milled or filled to get them even, and the pavement will be cleaned off. We then will lay down your new layer of asphalt, we’re always careful to ensure no water or moisture is left before do our work, water is the greatest enemy of asphalt! An overlay is much cheaper than replacing your entire pavement, and it looks just like new, with a similar life expectancy!
So if your asphalt is struggling but isn’t in the worst shape, overlaying is a perfect money-saving solution.